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17 September 2021

Best gin and tonic cans

We pitted big-brand gin-in-a-tin's from Bombay Sapphire, Gordon's, Tanqueray and Sipsmith and against supermarket alternatives from Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and more to find the perfect pre-mixed cans
Alice Williams
Gin and tonic cans in a bucket

A pre-mixed G&T in a can is a handy choice for spontaneous summer socialising, and there are plenty of options to choose from these days. But which ones are worth a sip and what's best left on the shelf?

To find out which pre-mixed tipples are best, in June 2021 we put 11 cans from brand like Bombay Sapphire, Gordon's, Sipsmith and Tanqueray up against five cheaper supermarket gin-in-a-tin options from Aldi, Lidl and Tesco in a blind taste test.

See which supermarkets beat the brands below, plus the branded gin you can rely on when choices are limited.


Best gin & tonic cans

Only logged-in Which? members can view the rest of our results and tasting notes below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the gin and tonic cans on test.

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All prices correct as of July 2021.

Aldi Greyson's London Dry Gin & Tonic

85p per 250ml can (5% ABV)

Greyson's London Dry Gin & Tonic

As the joint-cheapest gin-in-a-tin, you might want to head to Aldi if you're buying in bulk for a picnic with friends.

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Aldi.

Alfie Premium Mixed Gin & Tonic

£1 per 250ml can (4% ABV)

Alfie Premium Mixed Gin & Tonic

At 4% ABV, this is the least alcoholic gin in our taste test, so it could be a good choice if you want to limit your booze intake on a hot summers' day.

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Iceland.

Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonic

£2 per 250ml can (6.5% ABV)

Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonic (London Dry)

Like its gin bottles, Bombay Sapphire's bright blue cans stand out on the shelves. But does the flavour make just as strong an impression?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose.

Brewdog Lonewolf Gin & Tonic

£2.25 per 250ml can (6.5% ABV)

Brewdog Lonewolf Gin & Tonic

It's best known for beer, but can Brewdog's gin and tonic with its 'fierce ingredients' end up the leader of the pack?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Waitrose.

Gordon's London Dry Gin & Tonic

£1.60 per 250ml can (5% ABV)

Gordon's London Dry Gin & Tonic

According to Gordon's, it makes the 'world's best-selling London Dry Gin'. Can its pre-mixed G&T live up to the hype?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Asda, Morrisons and Tesco.

Lidl Finton's Special London Dry Gin & Tonic

85p per 250ml can (5% ABV)

Finton's Special London Dry Gin & Tonic

Lidl promises 'the perfect balance of flavour and sophistication' with its wallet-friendly gin and tonic. But is it the right choice for your garden party?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Lidl.

M&S Gin & Tonic

£2.10 per 250ml can (8% ABV)

M&S Gin & Tonic


It's been a popular tipple since appearing in a hit BBC show, but how did the booziest of the gin and tonic cans can go down with our panel?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from M&S.

Sainsbury's Gin & Tonic

£1 per 250ml can (5% ABV)

Sainsbury's Gin & Tonic

Sainsbury's stands out from the green tins of other supermarket cans with its vibrant pattern. But did it wow our panel with its aroma, flavour and mouthfeel?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Sainsbury's.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin & Tonic

£2.50 per 250ml can (7.3% ABV)

Sipsmith London Dry Gin & Tonic

It's the priciest gin and tonic can we tested, but does your money get you more than just a stylish tin?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin & Tonic

£2 per 250ml can (6.5% ABV)

Tanqueray London Dry Gin & Tonic

It's one of the best-known gin brands, and Tanqueray claims you'll be able to taste the 'unmistakable quality' of its gin in these cans. Did our tasters feel the same?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Sainsbury's and Tesco.

Tesco London Dry Gin & Tonic

£1 per 250ml can (5% ABV)

Tesco Gin & Tonic

Tesco's blend of pre-mixed gin and tonic was 'selected by our spirit experts'. But did they choose wisely?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Tesco.

Prefer to mix your cocktails yourself? Head to our roundup of the best gin we've tasted.

How to serve pre-mixed gin and tonic

Gin and tonic with garnish

Part of the beauty of a pre-mixed gin and tonic is in the simplicity of serving. All it needs is a little time in a fridge (or cool bag if you're on the move), and it's ready to crack open and drink.

If you're planning on drinking your tins at home, though, and you have a little more time to spare, you can elevate your drink with a few simple steps.

Tesco recommends pouring the contents of your can over fresh ice cubes, then drop in a fresh lime wedge for an extra sour kick.

Lidl advises topping up its tin with tonic water - a good option for those who like their drink a little less strong. Serving with a slice of lemon adds another flavour note, too.

You can experiment with other citrus fruits - pink grapefruit adds a bright twist. More unusual garnishes (according to the Craft Gin Club) include strawberries and black pepper for a sweet and spicy hit, coriander or lemongrass to bring out the citrus, or cinnamon and orange peel if you want to serve your tins in the winter months, too.

Pink gin and tonic cans - what they taste of and where to buy

Pink drinks - whether gin, cider or fizz - are all the rage thanks to a recent penchant for all things 'millenial pink', but you might be surprised to learn that pink gin actually pre-dates back to the 1800s. According to Sipsmith, it was added to bitters as a treatment for seasickness for sailors before the general public caught on.

Pink gin is made from adding a concoction of either rhubarb, berries, grape skins or rose petals to a juniper-based gin, and despite the sweet-looking colour, it actually has more of a bitter palette than traditional gin.

You can buy pre-mixed pink gin and tonic in a number of supermarkets. Gordon's (available at Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, and Tesco) is a popular brand, although you could go for Lidl own-brand Hortus for something a little cheaper.

Heading out on a picnic with your G&T cans? See which cool boxes and reusable freezer bags we recommend.

How to recycle drinks cans

Metal drinks cans can usually go in your household recycling bin. Make sure to give the tin a quick rinse and pop the lid inside. Labels are removed as part of the recycling process, so you don’t need to take them off beforehand.

If you buy a multipack, you can usually recycle the plastic ring joiners and wrappers at supermarket plastic collection points.

How we tested

The gin and tonic cans were assessed by a large panel of consumers who regularly drink gin and tonic.

The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK.  

Each gin and tonic can was assessed by 88 people. 

The panellists rated the taste, aroma, appearance and mouthfeel of each product, and told us what they liked and disliked about each one.  

The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order in which they sampled the gin and tonic cans was fully rotated to avoid any bias.  

Each panellist had a private booth, so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others. 

The overall score is based on: 

  • 50% flavour 
  • 30% aroma
  • 15% appearance
  • 5% mouthfeel

These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different gin and tonic attributes.